Orlando still has 13 games remaining against the top eight teams in the Eastern Conference: Cleveland (one), Toronto (one), Atlanta (two), Boston (one), Miami (three), Chicago (one), Detroit (two) and Indiana (two). Against the West’s top eight, the Magic still have six games to play: Golden State (two), San Antonio (one), Memphis (one) and Dallas (two). “We have to come play because those aren’t the kind of teams that you will play down to the competition and do well,’’ said Magic forward Tobias Harris, who expects to play on Sunday despite need seven stitches to close a gash above his left eye. “They’re all top teams for a reason. They execute their stuff and they run their stuff good and we have to be really sharp and on our game for all these games coming up. We’ve already seen it in the games with San Antonio and OKC. For us to be at that level we have to play at that level also.’’
The Oklahoma City Thunder will visit the capital of Spain next October to play against Real Madrid at the Barclaycard Center. The game, which is one of the NBA Global Games 2016 tour games that the Thunder will play this fall, will be played during the first week of October.
The NBA has pushed back the starting time of Sunday’s game in New York between the Brooklyn Nets and the Oklahoma City Thunder because of the blizzard that walloped much of the East Coast. The league says the game originally scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at the Barclays Center will now be played at 7:30 p.m.